He's finally here! April's baby boy was born on Saturday, April 15, 2017. He's 5 feet 9 inches tall and he weighs 129 pounds. Over 1 million people watched the delivery live on YouTube.
If you missed it or you just want to relive the excitement, then watch the video below. It's the "Live Birth Archive" video that the Animal Adventure Park posted on their YouTube page. Scroll to the 3:22:40 mark to see the calf come out!
Unfortunately, you'll only be able to watch this giraffe family for a few more days. During an interview with Kim last month, Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch said the live stream will end soon.
"After the calf is born, we'll allow the world to tune in for about five more days. And then after that, the cam will have to come down. Only because we really need to focus on getting our park open and we only have about a month and a half to do it."
However, there will be updates via social media. The most exciting and talked about update is the Facebook post about the naming contest. Several people have commented their suggestions. My favorite idea is bellow!
But all the Facebook comments in the world won't help name the calf if there's no cash to back it up. During Kim's interview, Patch also told her that $1 equals one vote per name. Here are some more details from NameAprilsCalf.com:
- For about 10 days, anybody can suggest a name and pay for votes toward that name.
- There's a five-vote minimum and you submit your money through PayPal.
- You can vote as many times as you'd like and after the first phase is over, they will reveal the top 10 names.
- Then for about five days, you will be able to vote on the name you like the most from the top 10.
- After this second phase is over, they will announce the name!
Voting is now open. CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTE!
The contest is a fundraiser and the money will be split three ways. Some of it will go to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. Part of the funds will go to Ava's Little Heroes, which is an annual event that supports "local families and their children experiencing unexpected medical journeys and expenses." It's named after Patch's daughter Ava, who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy. The rest of the money is for other improvements and projects at the Animal Adventure Park.
In about a month, you may be able to see April, Oliver, and the calf for yourself. Opening day at Animal Adventure Park is May 13. Patch told ABC News that the calf will stay at the zoo for at least six months until it's weaned off his mother. He can't live with them forever because it could lead to incestuous mating.
If you missed Kim's interview with Jordan Patch or you'd like to hear it again then click the play button below.